The Herman B. Foster house was built in the Spring of 1893. A classic example of Folk Victorian architecture, the house was the residence of one of Gardner’s early storekeepers, a partner in the Bigelow-Foster Mercantile Company. In 1902, H. B. Foster and his family moved to Colorado Springs due to his health. His last trip back to Gardner was in 1911, when he died, and was buried in the Gardner Cemetery. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 2007.

Taking A Step Back To The Past


The Gardner Historical Museum, Inc., was founded in 2002.  One of the first actions of the organization was to purchase this historic Gardner residence.  In order to transform the property into a museum site, renovation was performed on  the inside, as well as several needed improvements to the outside, including landscaping and parking.  Our Grand Opening event occurred on September 20, 2003, and included a ribbon cutting, tours, and dinner.

Our Heritage

Visiting the museum is like taking a step back into the past.  Each room is filled with exhibits that highlight Gardner’s early heritage.  Local residents have donated and loaned hundreds of artifacts to the museum inventory.

Our Goal

Our goal is to preserve our history and to increase awareness of the historical significance of our area and people.

Gardner Historical Museum, Inc.
204 W Main  
PO Box 442 
Gardner KS 66030
Phone (913)856-4447
Hours of Operation: Saturday – Tuesday 1 – 4pm, Friday evenings 4 – 7pm. 
Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Suggested Admission: Adults-$2, Children-$1. (Donations appreciated)
Special tours available on request.